That's the rude way of saying it, but it is specifically pointed towards people who _do_ complain about a creator, as if just by reading and enjoying a work, they are entitled to FORCE the author to bend to their will and perform as their dancing monkey for their entertainment. This is not how it works, and as a hopefully competent adult, you should know this.
... more people can read and evaluate and criticize and mock and help those creators hone their writing and story-telling into better and better content.
Sure, you might want to categorize fantasy works as escapism and blah blah blah, but it is still literature
And this seems to be what the fans want. They want everything all tied up in a neat and tidy bow with the bad guys getting their comeupence, and the good guys (are there really any 'good' characters in ASOIAF?) to win in the end.
1. wraps up, and
2. doesn't take a year and a day to read.
I'd say Sandkings has deep and very strange resonances with A Song of Ice and Fire.
The envelope of the story, with the omnipotent owner of the sandkings manipulating the helpless and fundamentally innocent creatures he has enslaved in his lurid terrarium, is almost a perfect parable of an author of such genius as Martin's peering into the red-lit depths of his own unconscious and putting the denizens he finds there through all the vicissitudes his imagination can devise. The castles of the sandkings are transposed into that world almost whole, and the attack on the ASIF world by the ice beings is very like the vicious creatures Kress tossed into the terrarium to see what the sandkings would do, even down to the parallel between the coming of winter in ASIF and the way Kress changes the climate controls of the terrarium. The ceaseless warring of the sandkings, exacerbated past the point of insanity by the depraved cruelty of the psychopathic Kress, mirrors the battles of the humans in ASIF, and gives a savage mordancy to the criticisms made of Martin over the almost sadistic monstrosity of ASIF.
It's telling that the faces of Kress carved into the walls of the sandking's castles show such profound degeneration of character as time progresses, just as the pitch of violence in ASIF has risen to a scream as that story has progressed, whatever that may say about the character of Martin himself.
At the end of Sandkings, when the creatures have escaped entirely from Kress' control and he is in fact at their mercy, the sandkings all have his face.
No wonder Martin is blocked and cannot seem to finish A Song of Ice and Fire and set it free in the world; perhaps he is not able to come to terms with the prospect of looking into to his own completed work because of the danger of seeing there things about himself he does not want to know-- that he does not want anyone to know.
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